A Letter From The Publisher: Feb. 2, 1970

WITH President Nixon's State of the Union message last week, the national concern over the environment has reached an unprecedented level of intensity. Suddenly, the word seems to dominate all conversation. It is yet another battle cry for the young—and a source of grave new awareness for Americans of every age. TIME'S readers can claim an earlier involvement than most. For the past six months, the magazine has devoted a complete section to Environment, and judging by our mail, it has swiftly become one of TIME'S most popular departments. Not a week goes...

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